Bystander Shot as Police Kill Man Armed With 2 Guns at San Francisco Airport Terminal

Police fatally shot a man armed with two guns on Thursday after he caused a disturbance at San Francisco International Airport.

The altercation also injured a bystander, requiring hospitalization, KPIX-TV reported.

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee on Thursday noticed a man displaying "concerning" behavior in front of a Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, station at the airport's international terminal, airport spokesman Doug Yakel told KPIX.

The TSA employee alerted police, who responded at about 7:30 a.m. and confronted the man, who was holding two firearms. Reports did not specify what type of guns he was holding.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the suspect was a man in his 20s. The report said that by 7:40, BART police officers joined the San Francisco Police Department officers who were already at the scene.

Yakel told KPIX that police attempted to de-escalate the situation without using lethal force, but the man advanced on the officers, prompting officers to shoot at the suspect, killing him.

According to KPIX, one of the bullets hit a homeless person in the leg after it ricocheted. The person was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Yakel commended the TSA employee for speaking up about the man.

"This really began with a TSA employee that noticed an individual that was displaying some behavior that was concerning, and we always preach the mantra of, 'If you see something, say something' to report suspicious behavior," Yakel told KPIX.

"That TSA officer did exactly what we expected him to do, reported some behavior that didn't look right and got the right resources there to address the situation."

The Chronicle reported that the incident caused passengers to be temporarily redirected from the international terminal to another for security screening when airport officials temporarily closed a security checkpoint. Normal operations largely resumed by 9:45 a.m.

SFGATE reported that BART service to and from the airport was temporarily stopped. But by shortly before 10 a.m., BART tweeted that the airport station had been reopened. The primary station entrance remained closed, but the tweet said "passengers can enter and exit the station through the secondary entrance on the upper level."

The section of the international terminal leading up to the BART station remained closed for the rest of the morning, the Chronicle reported, adding that some confused passengers walked through the police barricade without realizing what had happened.

The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment.

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Police fatally shot a man who advanced on them in a reportedly threatening manner while holding two guns at San Francisco International Airport on January 20, 2022. Above, a view of the airport's international terminal on March 13, 2015. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images